Black Dragons were one of the original dragons released at Dragon Cave's inception. They are one of few breeds in the game that have an alternate or "alt" form. Alt Black Dragons cannot be found in the cave, but will rarely hatch from bred Black Dragon eggs. Alt Black hatchlings have two variations, the "sitting" and "curled" alts. Both variations will mature into the same adult forms, however.

Prior to November 2008, Alt Black eggs were a slightly different shade from standard Black eggs, allowing users to identify alts before the eggs hatched. Currently, there is no way to identify an alt until the dragon has hatched. There is no known method for increasing your chances of receiving an alt.

Official descriptions[edit | edit source]

Egg[edit | edit source]

This egg has a faint green glow around it.

Hatchling[edit | edit source]

Aww... It's a cute baby dragon. Its eyes glow brightly at night, and it enjoys attacking insects and small animals.

Mature hatchling[edit | edit source]

Aww... It's a cute baby dragon. Its eyes glow brightly at night, and it enjoys attacking insects and small animals.

And look! It has grown wings! It must be close to maturing.

Adult[edit | edit source]

Black Dragons are warriors. They are strong and capable in battles of force, but also ample magic users, capable of devastating opponents with their spells. Their bright eyes give them excellent night vision, which is why they generally hunt during the night.

Sprite artists[edit | edit source]

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Sprites[edit | edit source]

Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Standard female Black egg.gif Black hatchi.png Black female hatchi.gif Black female.gif
Standard male Black male hatchi.gif Black male.gif
Alternate female Alt Black crouching hatchi.gif OR Alt Black sitting hatchi.gif Alt Black crouching mature hatchi.gif OR Alt Black sitting mature hatchi.gif Black female alt.gif
Alternate male Black male alt.gif

Egg sequence[edit | edit source]

Stage 0 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Dead
Black egg.gif Black crack 1.gif Black crack 2.png Black crack 3.png Black crack 4.png Black crack 5.png Black dead egg.gif

Retired sprites[edit | edit source]

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Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Temporary event sprites
Holidays 2011
Standard female
Black female Christmas 2011.png
Holiday 2011
Standard male
Black male Christmas 2011.png
Holiday 2011
Alternate female
Alternative Black standing hatchi Christmas 2011.gif Alternative Black standing mature hatchi Christmas 2011.gif Black female alt Christmas 2011.gif
Holiday 2011
Alternate male
Black male alt Christmas 2011.gif
Halloween 2012
Standard female
Black female Halloween 2012.png
Halloween 2012
Alternate female
Black female alt Halloween 2012.png
Halloween 2012
Alternate male
Black male alt Halloween 2012.png
Halloween 2015
Black female Halloween 2015.png
Halloween 2015
Black male Halloween 2015.png
Halloween 2015 Black adult Halloween 2015.png
Retired sprites
Original sprites Original Black egg.gif Original Black hatchi.png Original Black mature hatchi.gif Original Black adult.gif
Old sprites Old Black egg.gif Old Black hatchi.gif Old Black mature hatchi.gif Old Black adult.png
Original egg comparison Original Black egg.gif
Original Alt Black egg.gif

Encyclopedia entry[edit | edit source]

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Appearance/Basic Anatomy

  • Black hatchlings are like many other dragons and are hatched without wings.
  • Have three toes on every foot.
  • Their scales are pure black in color, while their horns, belly plates, and claws are usually a cream color (though some dragons have a different coloration).
  • Third toe on the front limbs can function as a primitive thumb.
  • Hardened scales give good protection against teeth and claws.
  • Glowing green eyes give them excellent night vision.
  • Black dragons are skilled fliers.
  • Most black dragons bear battle scars, which they consider trophies.

Hatchling Behavior

  • Black hatchlings are very curious and active.
  • Hatchlings enjoy hunting insects and small mammals.
  • Hatchlings prefer stalking and attacking games.
  • May snap at strangers.
  • Have surprisingly sharp teeth.
  • Though small, black hatchlings should be taken seriously as their sharp teeth and claws can do a lot of damage.

Adult Behavior

  • Their saliva is said to be extremely acidic.
  • Constantly prowl their territory in search of intruders.
  • Prefer the night because of the cover given by the dark.
  • Blacks are skilled fliers that are more than capable of outmaneuvering their opponents (or prey).
  • Females are picky; males are expected to prove their strength in combat.
  • Pairs typically care for offspring through adolescence.
  • Once hatchlings are grown the adults will chase them from their territory. Black adults also rarely stay together beyond one breeding cycle.


  • Prefer temperate climates and rocky places that have caves.
  • Will dig tunnels if they are unable to find a cave.
  • Aren’t picky about foliage cover so long as there is ample food.
  • Very territorial; will not allow dragons of the same breed nearby, but may get along with smaller breeds.
  • Caves are used only for sleeping unless they have a clutch.
  • Nests are built of bones and fur.
  • Their preferred caves are in high places where they can look over their land.


  • Carnivorous, typically hunt large mammals.
  • Have been seen fishing.
  • Occasionally eat fruit.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The original Black Dragon sprite is a recolored version of a sprite from Breath of Fire II.
  • Prior to the Dimorphism update, the only sprites used for Black Dragons were the ones currently used for males. The old male sprite received a small update during Dimorphism as well.
  • There are a small number of caveborn alternate Black Dragons in existence that were obtained through special means.
    • There is at least one Thuwed, hatched August of 2008.
    • Some alternate Black Dragons exist from late February of 2009, obtained through unknown means. (research required)
    • The 2012 Holiday raffle gave out caveborn alternate Black Dragons as an honorable mention prize.
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